Now that Barry Bonds has joined the 600-homer club, let's take a look at some fascinating facts that surround this frequently-followed feat. Did you know...?
- The youngest player to hit 600 home runs was Babe Ruth, who accomplished it at age 36. Hank Aaron hit #600 when he was 37, Mays and Bonds were 38.
- If you combine all of the home runs hit by the four members of the 600 club, more were hit on the road than in their home parks.
- Who is the youngest player in history to get to 250 home runs? It isn't a member of the 600 club. Believe it or not, it's Alex Rodriguez, the Texas Rangers' shortstop. He reached the landmark number at age 26.
- The member of the 600 club with the most 40+ home run seasons? It's the Babe, with eleven, followed by Aaron with eight, Mays with six, and Bonds with five (so far).
- The most 50+ home run seasons? Babe Ruth had four, while Mays had two, Bonds has had one and Aaron never hit 50 in a season.
- How many seasons did it take to reach 600? Barry Bonds did it in his 16th year, while all of the others took 18 campaigns to reach that mark.
- Who has allowed the most home runs to Bonds? It's a three-way tie, with Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Terry Mulholland each yielding eight round-trippers.
- Barry Bonds has won the Most Valuable Player award four times, twice as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1990, 1992) and twice while playing for the San Francisco Giants (1993, 2001). Hank Aaron was MVP one time (1957), Willie Mays won it twice (1954, 1965) and Babe played most of his career before the award was inaugurated.
More baseball facts.
- The last pitcher to win the MVP? In the American League it's Dennis Eckersley in 1992. In the National League you have to go all the way back to 1968 when the award was garnered by the great Bob Gibson.
- In the American League the first MVP award (1931) went to a pitcher (Lefty Grove). In the National League it was second-sacker Frankie Frisch who won in the first year, but pitchers took home the hardware in three of the next five seasons, with Carl Hubbell winning twice and Dizzy Dean once.
- Who is the only pitcher to win the MVP award two years in a row? It wasn't Koufax or Dean or Gibson or Grove or Hubbell. It was Hal Newhouser of the Detroit Tigers in 1944-45.
The Cy Young award goes to...
- The Cy Young award used to go to only one pitcher in the majors each year rather than one pitcher from each league. The changeover took place in 1967. Even so, Sandy Koufax won it three years out of four (1963, 1965, 1966) and was a unanimous choice each time.
- Unanimous selections are rare in the Cy Young balloting, but here are the pitchers that have done it besides Koufax. Denny McClain (1968), Ron Guidry (1978), Roger Clemens (1986, 1998), Pedro Martinez (1999, 2000), Bob Gibson (1968), Steve Carlton (1972, 1977), Rick Sutcliffe (1984), Orel Hershiser (1988) and Greg Maddux (1994, 1995).
- Who has won the most Cy Young awards? Roger Clemens. He won in 1986, 1987 and 1991 while a member of the Boston Red Sox. In 1997 and 1998 he won while hurling for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2001 he earned his sixth (!) Cy Young award as a member of the New York Yankees.
- The most consecutive Cy Young awards? Greg Maddux won it in 1992 with the Cubs and in 1993, 1994 and 1995 while toiling for the Atlanta Braves. Randy Johnson has a chance to tie this record, as he won the Cy Young in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
- Pedro Martinez won the Cy Young award while pitching in both the National and American Leagues. The other pitcher to do it? Gaylord Perry.